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Less than one week to I Love Free Software Day 2024!

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On 14 February, Free Software communities around the world gather to celebrate developers, maintainers, and contributors of Free Software projects. Take part in one of the many events across Europe that celebrate this day!

Collage of pictures from last year’s celebration, and the writing “I Love Free Software Day 2024”

There is just less than one week until many Free Software enthusiasts from all over meet to celebrate “I Love Free Software Day”, an occasion to share gratitude and appreciation to those who make the dream of Free Software come true. This year, the focus of the celebration is on young generations; that’s why we are calling it “I Love Free Software Day 2024 – Forging the Future with Free Software”! In Italy, the UK, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, the FSFE local groups, as well as other Free Software communities and enthusiasts, are going to make this day special.

In Bergamo, Italy, with Kenobit and Dario!

This year, a very big event is taking place in Bergamo, Italy: together with Bergamo Linux User Group (BgLUG), we are hosting a workshop and discussion about the critical relevance Free Software has for music production. Our host for that night, Kenobit, is a chiptune music producer, a Fediverse administrator, and an exceptional creative mind! For I Love Free Software Day he is going to host a workshop about the use of Free Software for music production. This year’s I Love Free Software Day is focusing on young people, who are the next generation for Free Software. Kenobit is a well known DJ in Italy, and many young people can connect with his music. Moreover, FSFE’s project manager Dario Presutti is participating to moderate the conversation. The Bergamo event starts at 18:00 (CET) at Spazio Polaresco. The event is open to everybody; come and join the BgLUG for an evening full of Free Software!

Flyer for I Love Free Software Day 2024 in Bergamo

If you are not in the Milan/Bergamo area, don’t worry! People are meeting in so many places it is likely that you can find an event near you!

Other gatherings in Europe!

In Italy, the Linux User Group of Bolzano/Bozen is taking I Love Free Software Day as an opportunity to start a series of weekly meetings, the “Free Software Wednesdays”! Check out their website to learn more. In Bologna, the Tech Workers Coalition Italia is using this day to begin the “Free Software Syndacates” study group!

A group of funny people displaying I Love Free Software swag

In the UK, the FSFE Potteries (Staffordshire) local group is planning to host a cozy and welcoming evening at the KPA Clubhouse; join them to have a great time!

In Germany, if you are around Wiesbaden, join the local Chaos Computer Club for a series of lightning talks and a final roundtable. In Berlin, the local FSFE group is going to be meeting at xHain to share ideas and love about Free Software projects, while having a great time together.

In Spain two local groups are organising events. There will be a meeting in Barcelona, with a fun introduction to Free Software. In Madrid a meeting will be organised in the local Makespace.

The Danish friends of FSFE are meeting in Aarhus. In Switzerland, the FSFE local group is meeting in Zurich.

‘Thank you’ postcards on a table

Spread the word, share the love!

Can’t join a celebration in person? Please do not let this prevent you from sharing the love and saying “Thank you” to Free Software developers and contributors! Here are some options:

Additional information is on the I Love Free Software page. Feel free to reach out to contact@fsfe.org if you have any questions. We hope to be seeing you soon!